Thank you so much to the West Wight Christian Drama group who raised £250 for CAFOD’s Refugee Crisis Appeal from their production of an original play entitled ‘Peace on Earth’ last month.
The performances have largely been organised by James Malia who is both the production director and producer.
The West Wight Christian Drama group consists of parishioners from both St Saviour’s Catholic Church and Christ Church Anglican church on the Isle of Wight.
James told us,
“It is a Victorian drama based on a cruel landlord, two hungry children, a poor widowed mother and the village choir, who are engaged in a very serious effort to get the landlord. The play within the play illustrates the Bible account of the narrative that mother is supposedly reading to her children.
“The sub-plot has a very serious theme: how did Mary react to the angel’s message? How did she break the news of her pregnancy to Joseph? Why did they go to Bethlehem?”
James, who first came across aid agency, CAFOD in 1968, when the charity funded projects in his native Nigeria, said:
“Our motivation to fundraise for the CAFOD Refugee Crisis Appeal was the picture on the cover of Catholic magazine, The Tablet, where four young boys were wandering aimlessly along a railway line. The blurb for our play is, ‘Imagine these were your sons or your little brothers: they are!”
This year, CAFOD has received over 20,000 messages of hope written to refugees, from over 200 schools, parishes and organisations. These messages were then shared at a special service of dedication in the Salford diocese.
Thank you so much to everyone in the West Wight Christian Drama group for performing this special play and raising funds to make a huge difference to the lives of so many who have lost so much.
Thank you too to Graham Minassian for his fantastic photos!